tv U.S. House Morning Hour CSPAN January 10, 2017 10:00am-10:45am EST
is it seems to have gotten worse. i believe the aca is a bad law. host: thanks for the last call today on the "washington journal." the house is just about to gavel in. we will take you there live and see you tomorrow morning on "washington journal." 2017. i hereby appoint the honorable daniel webster to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, paul d. ryan, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the house -- pursuant to the order of the house of january 3, 2017, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate. the chair will alternate recognition between the parties with each party limited to one hour and each member other than the majority and minority leaders and the minority whip and in o five minutes
no event shall debate continue eyond 11:50 a.m. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. costello, for five minutes. mr. costello: mr. speaker, when we came back from break starting 2017, i wanted to share some thoughts on how we can improve ourselves and our country here in 2017 but last week there was such a flurry of activity i didn't have the opportunity to do so. i came across an editorial in the reding eagle, a newspaper with circulation in my district, harry dietz, the editor of the reding eagle had an editorial called 17 simple ways to improve the world in 2017. i thought it was so absolutely excellent that i'd like to share it with the american public verbatim.
imagine how much better the world can be if all of us were resolved to make the world a better place. imagine how much a world would be if we could do that. we must make up our minds to do positive little things that will add up to do positive big things. also, there are things that don't take much time or energy. they may not cost anything. but the rewards, the paybacks, are immeasurable. so in the spirit of the new year, here are 17 simple and easy things we can do in 2017 to improve the world around us. number one, there's an old caution sign at railroad crossings. stop, look and listen. it also should apply to communication and understanding. think how much better things would be if we stopped or at least slowed down, looked a person in the eye and really listened to what he or she has to say. that certainly wouldn't derail some of the anger -- that certainly would derail some of the anger and misunderstanding in the world. number two, say something
positive to someone every day. you may never know how much a kind word or compliment will mean to the person but you will feel better after you've done it. three, make a donation to charity. money helps but donations also come in the form of your time. four, don't make judgments. there are people in the world who judge us before they know us. they judge us before they know all the facts. they disapprove when we have different opinions. sometimes there isn't right or wrong. there's such different. don't just talk tolerance, practice it. five, say hello to a stranger. how much effort does it take? what is the real risk? many of our best relationships began with a simple hello. six, give something anonymously to someone in need. don't look for recognition or appreciation. focus on what you can do for he or she instead of asking what's in it for me. seven, have a conversation with a child. not a lesson or a lecture. you may be surprised at how much you can learn and how much
you can teach when you talk and listen. eight, make a call to someone you haven't spoken with in years. better yet, visit that person. nine, don't wish away a single day. how often have we been anxious for a day to be over? we only have so many days and we don't know how many. so even when things are going really badly, don't give up on that day. think positive and make every day special. and consider tomorrow a new opportunity to do what we weren't able to do today. 10, say you're sorry. it's never too late and it's not as painful as it may seem. 11, forgiveness isn't only one of the best things you can do for others. it is also one of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself. it removes burdens. it helps you see clearly, it repairs what is broken. time may reduce our pain but doesn't always remove it. forgiveness will. 12, take a quiet walk. look at the world around you. how can you help but marvel at god's creation when you push away all the distractions in your life?
13, happiness isn't something we are given. it's something we choose. so choose happiness. 14, cherish your memories more than your possessions. they not only are more important but they will last much longer. 15, smile. i can't think of an expression that can have a more positive impact on someone else and on yourself. it's difficult to be angry or cranky when you're smiling. 16, pray for peace. if you believe in prayer, you already understand its power. if you don't, what do you have to lose? and finally, 17, tell people you love them. it's something you can't do too often. it's something they will never tire of hearing. words well-spoken, harry dietz. thank you. mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 315, the improving access to maternity care act. as we look to strengthen health care, one area we must show leadership is the delivery and timely prenatal care. certain areas from the country, show, suffer from a shortage -- to provide this essential care. for over 40 year the national
health service corps has placed doctors in underserved areas. this bill into use data collective to designate and place maternity health care providers in those areas of the country where they are most needed. this bill will help to solve the shortage of maternal health care professionals and ensure new and expecting mothers have access to the care they need. mr. speaker, the statistics don't lie. mothers without access to prenatal care are more likely to experience serious but avoidable complications during birth which makes passage of h.r. 315, the improving improving, which i am proud to support, such an important -- the improving access to maternal care, which i'm proud to support, such an important bill. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from oregon, mr. blumenauer, for five minutes. mr. blumenauer: the campaign rhetoric must now confront the reality of health care. no political party can repeal
the basic economicses. the features that make health insurance policies better today, the elimination of lifetime limits on health insurance payments, elimination preventing the denial of pre-existing conditions, charging women the same premium as men, not more, keeping children on their parents' insurance policies until age 26, all of these features are wildly popular but they increase the cost of insurance. we cannot allow people to wait until they're sick to get a policy. that undermines the very concept of insurance. hence the mandate to have health insurance. the truth is the impact of the affordable care act has resulted in health care costs rising more slowly than before the act. we've expanded coverage and subsidized care for millions of americans while improving the
quality of health insurance. all of these reforms are in fact working. a reckless act to repeal something that's now baked into the health care system on which millions of americans rely and benefit from, indeed the entire system benefits from, would have serious destabilizing effects beyond the loss of most 30 million americans' coverage. republican efforts to weaken medicaid for the poor and disabled and undermine medicare for the elderly means that almost 100 million americans have their health care at risk. we will begin the battle fighting any effort by the new administration in the suddenly empowered republican majority to act on their campaign rhetoric, abolishing obamacare but not providing a replacement. a repeal without a clear alternative replacement at the same time is unacceptable.
it's not just unacceptable to democrats in congress, it's unacceptable to millions of recently insured americans, millions found in red state, unacceptable to health care professionals, to insurance companies, to hospitals and the vast array of other people involved with the health care industry. most important, it's unacceptable to our families. the most unpopular feature of obamacare was the name. suggesting perhaps a simple solution. when identified with the president, the affordable care act provisions were 20% more unpopular. when the act which describe exactly the same terms but when the name was different. so perhaps we just allow the republicans to abolish obamacare and then get down to work doing what we should have been doing for the last seven years, making the affordable care act work better. by all means, let's look for ways to make the system less
burdensome. we can continue to demand accountability but allow some competition with value-based purchasing, negotiation for rescription drug prices by the largest pharmaceutical customer in the world, the federal government. skyrocketing prescription drug prices and other outrageous practices by some in the pharmaceutical industry will find broad support in and out of congress. when the republican majority and the new administration get serious about a replacement that keeps all of their campaign promises and protects the industry from chaos and consumers from loss of essential coverage, there will be plenty of bipartisan cooperation. but any effort of breaking that fundamental promise by denying coverage and upsetting the health care applicart will be
met with strong opposition and ultimately they will lose. for the sake of american families and the people who provide health care, not only should they lose, they must lose and we must stand strong and united on that proposition. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from iowa, mr. young, for five minutes. thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to honor veteran iowa journalist dean borg and to offer my congratulations on his upcoming retirement from iowa public television's iowa press. now, dean borg is a leader in iowa, in our communities and his contributions to over four decades of iowa press are unparalleled. his presence on iowa public television's respected weekly news program will surely be missed. a native of forest city, borg attended iowa university and began his journalism career at
woi radio while still a student. while earning degrees in journalism from the university of jai, borg served as a reporter and news director for wmt radio and wmt radio stations in cedar rapids. his career path is an example of how iowa hard work, talent and dedication can set you on the path to achieving remarkable successes in life. dean borg's first appearance on 1964.ress took place in now, the only journalists were iowa state representative frank bourds, john mccormerly of the birmingham hawkeye. he host a program for decades, providing the insightful
commentary and discussions with numerous guests from around the state and country. borg's commitment to iowa public television, work moderating nationally broadcaster presidential debates and beyond has set the bar high for aspiring journalists in iowa and across the country. from his contributions to the show's decades of broadcast, to his documentary reporting from around the world, dean has spent a career dedicated to providing folks with national and statewide news. with this type of commitment, it's not surprising borg has interviewed every president since lyndon b. johnson, and many of the presidential contenders who travel through our first in the nation state. now, i can attest to dean borg's dedication to his craft personally as i've had the honor of getting to known borg. i've been on the iowa press show with him and as a member of congress and working for the people of iowa. he's the longest serving
program host in iowa public television history, a significant feat. he is an award-winning journalist and iowa state distinguished alumnist and a trailblazer in iowa journalism, defending the craft and defending journalists. while dean will officially retire from iowa press this month, i look forward to return for his special occasions and live broadcasts. dean is the epitome of iowa nice, a humble, a bold iowan, putting the trf his fellow iowans -- putting the interests of his fellow iowans over himself, dedicated to truth in his craft and dedicated to service, dedicated to his fellow iowans. dean is a very good and true man. mr. speaker, my esteemed colleagues, please join me in congratulating dean borg on his distinguished career and wishing him the best in his
retirement. dean, we'll miss you. i'll miss you. if i don't see you soon, i'll see you at the iowa state fair. i yield the floor, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlelady from connecticut, ms. esty, for five minutes. . mr. speaker, i rise today to encourage my colleagues to put people before politics. as we speak the senate is moving to strip millions of families of their health care coverage and replace it with -- well, nothing. i know that some of my colleagues ran on a platform of repealing the affordable care act and now they feel boxed in by politics. so let's be very clear about
this. the political stakes of repealing the affordable care act without a replacement are nothing. nothing compared to the terrible human cost. i'd like to share with my colleagues experience of susi clayton, my constituent from north canaan, connecticut. quote, the a.c.a. had a huge positive impact on my life she wrote to me last week. because susi is a breast cancer survivor, a pre-existing condition, it was nearly impossible for her to get decent health care coverage before the a.c.a. all that we had put away in retirement funds nearly $70,000 had to be tapped in order to cover our health costs, she wrote. if it weren't for the coverage she gained through the affordable care act, she and her husband would have lost everything they worked for.
quite likely including their home. instead, with the a.c.a. her family is once again saving for retirement, completing some overdue home repairs and getting their medical needs taken care of. at an aforthable price -- affordable price, and all that, all that will go away if this house follows through on its political crusade to wipe away the affordable care act without a replacement. mr. speaker, there are millions of susi claytons in this country. millions of people who will lose their home, lose their savings, and some will even lose their lives if this congress repeals the affordable care act without a replacement. in my home state of connecticut alone, 180,000 people who had gained coverage since the a.c.a.
was implemented stand to lose their health care. that includes 43,000 children. think about that for a moment. if congress repeals the a.c.a. and doesn't replace it with anything, 43,000 children just in my state will lose their health coverage. and when those children get sick, too many of their parents will be faced with a heartwrenching choice. bankrupt the family to pay for their child's medical care, or go without the health services their child needs to get better. all of us here who are parents know that that isn't really a choice. mr. speaker, i ask my colleagues who are beating the drum for wholesale elimination of the affordable care act, how can you in good conscience take away the health care from 43,000 children in my state just to score a
political point. how can you throw our health care system into chaos just because you're in a political jam? let's work together. let's work together to improve our health care system. let's forge a sensible, bipartisan approach to lower health care costs and ensure access to quality care for everyone. the politics of obamacare, no matter how fraught and divisive, should not, must not take priority over the well-being of the american people that we are here to serve. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois, mr. gutierrez, for five minutes. mr. speaker, let me tell you where i will not be on inauguration day.
will i not be here or outside at the inauguration ceremony. i will be in washington late that evening because the event i'm going to is on january 21, it's the women's march on washington. you can get more information on facebook which is how i heard about it. or should i say how my wife said i heard about t i said to her a little after the election, you know, honey, don't think i can go to d.c. and watch donald trump get sworn in, she said oh, you're going to d.c. just not for that. she told me about the women's march. she said you and i are going together. i can already hear the phones ringing in my office, people calling and say, oh, you democrats are sore losers, you hate republicans. no, i went to george bush's inauguration and i work with republicans all the time. . st read right bart but this is different. i knew that george w. bush and i would disagree on many issues from trade to health care to the war in iraq, but i never thought
that george w. bush was trying to make my own country hostile to me, personally, to my wife, to my daughters, to my grandson. i never felt he was a threat to the nation that i love so deeply and have served now for nearly a quarter of a crentry. the reason i'm not going is that i can't bring myself to justify morally or intellectually the immense power we're placing in that man's hands. i could not look at my wife, my daughters, or my grandson in the eye if i sat there and attended as if everything that the candidate said about the women, the latinos, the blacks, the muslims, or any of the other things he said in those speeches and tweets and that all that is erased from our collective memberry. we all heard the tape when donald trump was bragging, bragging about grabbing women by their private parts without their consent. it is something i just can't unhear. bragging to that guy on tv he would grab women below the belt
as if that was hitting on them. sorry, it's never ok. it is never just locker room talk. it's offensive. and if actually did it, it's a crime. i hang out with republicans. with republican elected officials. in an actual locker room, in the rayburn building. and if they ever started talking like that, won't just walk away, i would tell them to their faces that they are wrong and i wouldn't allow it to go unnutsed or -- unnoticed or dismissed as normal or excusable. i don't know a republican colleague of mine in this body who will let that kind of comment just slide as if it were just ok. so that's why i will hold hands with my wife and march with the women on january 21 in d.c. and that is why i'm calling on all of my progressive allies to come and march with the women as well. if you care about a living wage, come and join the women. if you care about the environment, come and join the
march. as a society when women win, we all win. so i plan to be there. it is deeply personal and deeply patriotic to march, to make my opinions known by walking with my allies arm in arm. i want to look and be able to look at my two beautiful latina daughters and my beautiful half puerto rican, half mexican but 100% american grandson in the eye with a clear conscience. when the new president denigrates latinos or mexicans or immigrants as drug dealers and criminals, i want to be able to say that i did not condone or allow that type of speech to go mainstream. that was not normalized on my watch. because the future president said that the american-born children of immigrants were not capable of being american judges, can i not sit there as if this inauguration is ok and i forgave him. i'm deeply honored to return to
the u.s. congress and i want to thank the people of the fourth congressional district. my constituents knew that when they voted for me i would be a fighter, and i don't intend to let them down. if the new president comes for the muslims, i will be muslim. if they come for planned parenthood, i will stand with planned parenthood. when they deny climate science, i will make my voice heard. i will use whatever peaceful means available to make sure the words and the actions of our new president do not become the new mainstream and normal in america. and for that, mr. speaker, is why i will not be here for inauguration day and why i will be marching with my wife and with a million women from across his country. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. bera.
mr. bera: thank you, mr. speaker. today i rise not as a member of congress but as a doctor. when i graduated from medical school and took that oath, there are two core ethics that we take when we take that oath. to do good. and that's exactly what we tried to do when this body passed the affordable care act. it was about doing good. it was about giving people basic access to health care. that is a good thing. the affordable care act's not perfect, but let's keep doing good. let's fix t let's address the cost of health care. let's make sure people can afford their medications. but that's doing good. now, another core ethic that we take when we enter the profession of medicine as a physician is to do no harm. now, if this body repeals the affordable care act, we're going to harm 20 million americans
that now have access to health care that didn't have it prior to the affordable care act. we shouldn't do harm. now, let me put it into real context. i'm a primary care internist. my wife is also a primary care internist. you can tell we have exciting conversation at our house, but i was asking her the other day what the affordable care act meant to her as a physician, and she was sharing a story of a patient that if she cared po -- that she cared for years. this was a patient that had diabetes and hypertension. high blood pressure. we know these are silent killers. if you don't control your diabetes, if you don't control your blood pressure, it can have devastating consequences leading to heart attacks, leading to strokes. it's one of the leading causes of death in america. but if you control it, you can
prevent all of these illnesses and people can live a normal, healthy life. so my wife, she's a very good doctor. had her patient under good control. well, the patient stopped coming in to see hemplet maybe the patient moved away, something happened. for a couple years. and then about two years ago the patient came back in. when she came in her blood sugars, her diabetes was out of control. her blood pressure was out of control. and my wife looked at this patient and said what happened? how come you stopped taking your diabetes medicine? how come you stopped taking your blood pressure medicine? she said, doc, in the recession i lost my job. i lost my health insurance coverage. i couldn't get the medication. and then she said, you know what, with the affordable care act with covered california, i was able to get the health insurance again.
i was able to come in and see you. now, it wasn't too late for this patient. my wife was able to get her back on her medications. get her back on her blood pressure medicine. get her blood pressure and diabetes under control, and hopefully there is no permanent damage. but if we do harm and repeal the affordable care act, we're going to do irreparable damage to 20 million and more americans who are just like this patient who need their health care covered. who need their access to medication. that's what this is about. mr. speaker, let's do what we're trained to do as physicians and what this body should do. let's do good by making sure people have better coverage, affordable coverage, and better access to health care. and let's definitely make sure we do not do any harm by
repealing the affordable care act. let's make sure we fix it and make it better. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida, mr. yoho, for five minutes. mr. yoho: mr. speaker, today i will reintroduce the bill, the state sponsors of terrorism review enhancement act. this legislation was passed the full house last congress unanimously. i hope this chamber will once again take up this commonsense legislation and pass it as soon as possible. the designation of a foreign government as a state sponsor of terrorism is one of the united states' most powerful statements that we can give on another statement. besides imposing sanctions, the stamp of state sponsor of terrorism labels, a state untouchable to the international community. this pariah status is much deserved as these states that support the killing of innocent people as a matter of policy.
under current law, in order for a state to be de-listed, the president of the united states only needs to certify that the country being considered for delisting is not engaged in supporting terrorism for a poultry six months. six months to be dee listed. considering that the heinous acts of violence these countries have supported in the past, we should not be allowing them to be dee listed after only six months. to address this, my legislation and again it passed last congress, unanimously, quadruples the time a designated country must refrain from sponsoring terrorism before the president can remove it from that list -- before the president can remove it from the sponsor list from six to 24 months. increased congressional oversight by doubling the time congress has to review the president's proposed removal from 45 to 90 days. .
require the administration to notify and brief congress upon initiating a review of the designated country's potential removal from the list. this legislation will assert congressional scrutiny and oversight and hopefully bring to an end politically motivated delisting. successive administrations, both republicans and democrats alike, delisted based on their president's legacy other than the facts. north korea was delisted in exchange for their promise of dismantling their nuclear program. however, nine years and five nuclear tests later, they remain off that list. this recision from the list has enabled north korea to engage in supporting terrorism abroad. by increasing the amount of time for a state to not be engaged in terrorism and increasing congressional oversight and scrutiny, my
legislation will not allow delisting ch as this of north korea to take place. and i want to remind people, this passed unanimously and we hope we'll get the support again. thank you and i yield back. del f north the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlelady from ohio, mrs. beatty, for five minutes. mrs. beatty: mr. speaker, i come to the house floor today to join my colleagues from the great state of ohio. i come here because we have a statement that we want to make to voice not only the citizens of ohio but to this great country. i am honored to join congresswoman marcy kaptur and congresswoman marcia fudge, two women who have been in the battle for our citizens, but more importantly for our
students, for education, for our teachers. so today, mr. speaker, i demand that betsy devose, president-elect trump's number -- betsy devos, president-elect trump's number one number fee for secretary of education, $5 b.p. 3 million in fines -- $5.3 million in fines to her action, put it to my home state of ohio. this is for campaign finance laws by illegally contributions from a nationwide p.a.c. to an unregistered ohio affiliate is troublesome. and its refusal to pay these fines to the state of ohio is disgraceful as the debt is nearly a decade old. can you imagine what would happen if a student refused to pay something that they owned
to a university or to the state? i don't have to answer that. we all know what would happen. mr. speaker, i ask, how can the public trust ms. devos to ensure that borrowers repay their student loans in a timely manner when the group she chaired has failed to pay fines that were imposed nearly a decade ago? fines owed to the state of ohio, the $5.3 million belongs to the taxpayers of ohio. and every time, mr. speaker, i say $5.3 million, i am going to say it twice because she owes $5.3 million that belongs to the taxpayers of ohio. this money could be used to pay for more teachers and other initiatives to help educate ohio's children. we cannot let her skirt the system and cheat ohio taxpayers. no, we can't let herb nominated
and -- let her be nominated and confirmed to be over our educational system. i urge her to repay the $5.3 million in fines prior to her senate confirmation hearing next week. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlelady from ohio, ms. kaptur, for five minutes. ms. kaptur: thank you, mr. speaker. in america we expect no one to be above the law, but what happens if someone is superrich and breaks the law? today, i rise to place on the record a demand that the president-elect cabinet nominee for secretary of education, betsy devos of michigan, immediately pay fines she owes to the state of ohio. these obligations total $5.3 million. just as congresswoman joyce
beatty stated in her opening statement and also congresswoman marcia fudge who will speak subsequent to my remarks, this is an enormous amount of money to the state of ohio, in unpaid fines and levied late penalties for her political organization for campaign finance violations in ohio. they broke ohio law. these are the largest fines ever levied in ohio history dating back to 2008. essentially the political organization ms. devos led violated ohio's election laws. betsy devos of michigan was in charge of the political action committee known as all children matter, based in virginia. during her chairwomanship she broke ohio election laws by impose spending donation limits of $10 million per candidate. she in fact violated those
limits by funneling national -- over ney, $over $870,000 of it to ohio's state candidates, incidentally all republican candidates. and i ask unanimous consent to place the names and the amounts they received in the record. all these candidates pledged to advocate for privatizing public school education through vouchers once elected into office. the ohio election commission comprised of an equal number of republican and democrats, swiftly and unanimously levied a record fine against her organization in 2008. their decision was subsequently vetted and upheld by a republican judge in a state court. yet, now nearly a decade later, nearly betsy devos nor all children matter has paid their penalty of $5.3 million to the citizens of ohio. indeed, the state of ohio prior
to her violation had even informed ms. devos by issuing a legal opinion that such contributions from her national p.a.c. would be illegal to state candidates and she willfully ignored them and that opinion. no one, no matter how wealthy, should be above the law. and who exactly were the state candidates who received a direct campaign contribution from betsy devos' political action committee all children matter? you'll notice a few candidates still serving in ohio office, including lieutenant governor mary taylor, secretary of state john houston, state treasurer, ohio state president, former ohio gubernatorial candidate -- received money. betsy devos gave direct contributions to at least 20 current members of the united
states senate. these are the same senators who will now confirm her for her secretary of state -- secretary of education position. talk about pay to play and the real need to drain the swamp, the president-elect ought to start in his own back yard. the $5.3 million fine that betsy devos' political organization owes to ohio could pay for better education for ohio's children. it is outrageous that a candidate for secretary of education holds herself above the law and fails to make good on outstanding fines imposed nearly 10 years ago. public records indicate she personally has a net worth of over $5.1 billion. "the new york times" today has a front page story that includes a quote from a writer and scholar who observes about the life of mrs. devos. and i ask unanimous consent that this article be placed in the record as well. the article states, she is the
ost emblematic kind of oligarchic figure you can put in a cabinet position. has is and the kochs to achieve the political power. if confirmed, she will be responsible for administering our nation's student loan portfolio and will have to ensure that borrowers repay their fines in a timely manner. how can she demonstrate sound judgment in her responsibilities or be a role model when her organization has not paid fines of ohio's election laws. mr. speaker, betsy devos' attempt to subvert the law and buy influence are opposed to everything the president-elect advised was wrong with america. he wants to drain the swamp. no one in america should be above the law and neither should betsy devos be above the law. she ought to pay the $5.3
million she owes the people of ohio. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlelady from ohio, ms. fudge, for five minutes. ask unanimous consent to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. fudge: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i rise today with my colleagues, representative beatty and kaptur, to address the secretary of education. mr. speaker, betsy devos is an imminent and present danger to all of america's children. she does not support public schools. public schools are where 93% or better of all of america's children attend. she imposes increase in accountability and transparency in for-profit schools and has a privatization agenda that can set public education back more than 50 years. even more alarming, she breaks laws and does not pay her
bills. devos has owed my home state of ohio $5.3 million since 2008 for violating campaign finance laws, and despite repeated attempts to collect the money, she has failed to pay those fines. as ranking member of the subcommittee on early childhood elementary and secondary education, i am deeply concerned about devos' nomination for secretary of education. as a member of the ohio delegation, i am appalled by her deliberate refusal to pay millions in fines she owes our state. we cannot give the purse strings of america's education system to someone only concerned with her own bank account. and we cannot entrust the future of our children to a person who breaks the law, cozies up to wall street, calls public schools which i believe are the bedrock of our education system a dead end. i urge my senate colleagues to vote no on devos.
senator grassley: now you have been cincinnatied to serve as attorney general. in light of those comments that you made, some have expressed concern about whether you can approach the clinton matter impartially in both fact and appearance. how do you plan to address those concerns in senator jegs sessions: mr. chairman, it was a highly contentious campaign. i, like a lot of people, made comments about the issues in that campaign with regard to secretary clinton and some of the comments i made i do believe that that could place my objectivity in question. i have given that thought. i believe the proper thing for me to do would be to recuse myself from any questions involving those kind of